Tupelo Golden Wave coach anticipates quick rebound

Tupelo coach David Bradberry’s confident his team will rebound from last week’s 62-6 loss to top-ranked South Panola.
He pointed to his team’s comeback win Oct. 8 against Southaven. The Golden Wave trailed the Chargers 27-13 at halftime and rallied for a 48-34 win. Prior to that game, Tupelo had dropped a 47-14 decision to Starkville.
“I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t,” Bradberry said. “After the Starkville loss we came back and beat a good Southaven team.”
Southaven rebounded from its loss to Tupelo to beat Starkville, 28-27, last week.
That win by the Chargers has made Tupelo’s quest of reaching the postseason a lot tougher. The Golden Wave is 2-2 in Division 1-6A with three games remaining.
On of those games is today when THS (5-2, 2-2 division) plays at DeSoto Central (0-8, 0-4).
Path to playoffs
“The next three weeks will determine if we make the playoffs and to what level,” Bradberry said. “I don’t see one or two wins getting us in the playoffs. We need to totally concentrate on DeSoto Central.”
Tupelo hosts Horn Lake (1-8, 1-3) next week, then wraps up the regular season with a trip to Olive Branch (4-4, 2-2). Southaven and Starkville are both 3-1 in division play.
Golden Wave quarterback Luke Hobson understands the task ahead.
“I think we need to win the next three,” he said. “We’re disappointed we didn’t do better (against South Panola). The last time we lost it lit a fire under us. Everybody was focused.”
Hobson completed 5 of 12 for 83 yards and a touchdown against South Panola. He’s thrown six touchdown passes this season.
Sophomore running back Ashton Shumpert, who rushed for 291 yards in the Southaven win, was held to 58 yards on 13 carries by South Panola.
“I think you look at the South Panola game and see what you could have done better,” Bradberry said. “We have to learn from it.”
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